The Personal Paper
Cutter Samantha doesn’t see herself as a “deep” artist, not everything she creates has to have a purpose, however; it’s important to her that her pieces have personal significance. Her motifs root in very emotional stories, with a sewing machine and a Norwegian flag to name a couple. One of her pieces, a hand drawn and hand cut Singer sewing machine, was made in honor of her great grandma who passed away last year, age 103 years old.
– I made the piece for my mum who cared for my grandma in the last few years of her life. My grandma gave my mum a vintage Singer sewing machine which sits proudly in her sewing room, where they would sit together whilst my mum worked. The Norwegian flag was made for Kristine as a present, I love working with pattern and decided to work only with circles and triangles to reflect the geometric shapes in Kristine’s work, says Samantha.
Samantha agrees that paper cutting is a very hot topic at the moment, she has noticed the high numbers of applications submitted to the collective, but she also sees the trend in social media. When Samantha first started she was inspired by other artists, and today, she herself is a source of inspiration, with a very unique expression. Her advice to other creators, who loves paper and want to learn more, is to cut as much as possible and change blades on the scalpel regularly.
– When I do make mistakes, it’s when the blade is too blunt. Change blades often, challenge yourself, dare to do wrong, get inspiration from others but always try to find your own unique expression of paper art. And experiment with paper! I’m a paper collector myself and I have learned a lot just by using different types of paper, says Samantha.